Cats get the point

The Vermont women’s hockey team tied the Northeastern University Huskies 3-3 in overtime on Saturday Nov. 11 at Gutterson Fieldhouse. Vermont dominated the overtime period, out shooting the Huskies 4-1 and 28-23 overall, but could not collect a win. “We knew we could compete in this game,” head coach Tim Bothwell said. “We knew we could even win and I think we did a great job competing today with getting down but always tying things back up all game.” The Huskies came out strong, initially dominating Vermont. After Annie Hogan put Northeastern on the board in the second minute of play off an assist from Ginny Berg, the Cats answered back with a goal of their own scored by sophomore Danielle Ramirez and assisted by freshman Chelsea Furlani at the 7:50 mark. Vermont goalkeeper Shivaun Siegl was beat again with 8:05 left in the first period by Chelsey Jones, assisted by Amy Goodny, giving Northeastern a 2-1 lead. “We had to be ready at any time,” Siegl said. “It was important to make sure everyone had an extra jump on their step to counteract their speed and to get the upper hand whenever we could.” Furlani answered with a goal of her own, lifting the puck past Northeastern goalkeeper Stacey Scott less than a minute later off assists from junior Karen Sentoff and senior Ashley Keane. Furlani’s goal was her third of the season. The play was even throughout the second period until, with 1:02 left, Colleen Sanborn put the puck past Siegl on the power play, putting NU ahead 3-2 going into the third period. The Huskies went 1-5 on the power play, while Vermont was unable to connect on any of the nine opportunities. “We continue to struggle on the power plays,” said Bothwell. “We can’t get the puck through from the point quick enough to get the chance to shoot. The puck needs to be released faster so we can execute the fundamentals needed for a power-play goal.” At the 7:08 mark, junior Kate Lesniak beat Scott to tie the score 3-3 and send the game into overtime. Lesniak’s goal, her first of the season, came off an assist by junior Kristi Anderson as the two skated up the ice and successfully converted a missed pass by the Huskies to the game tying goal. With the tie, the Cats earn their first conference point as their season record improves to 2-8-1 and 0-4-1 in Hockey East. Northeastern improves to 2-7-1 (1-3-1). Vermont continues their nine-game homestand against Robert Morris Saturday Nov. 18 at 4 p.m.